Venue Details

283 Star Starred
Ford's Theatre
at E Street NW 511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004
202-347-4833
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"Black Pearl Sings!"
39 ratings
4.5 average rating
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29 events
15 reviews
75 stars
attended Sep 29 2009

It was my first time to the Ford's Theater. I would tell you to arrive there early so that you can totally enjoy the new look of the theater. I am going back to see this play again with some friends of mines because it was so funny. There was a...continued

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6 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 04 2009

Very good event! We were familiar with most of the songs and liked the presentations. Both actresses were very good. Parking cost in the garage was reasonable but signs were not clear for exit from the garage.

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6 events
3 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 04 2009

Great story, with very keen treatment of many socio-cultural issues. Tonya Pinkins was fabulous! Kudos to the set and wardrobe designers.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Black Pearl really sings…[The play] reaches into the soul of a nation and pulls at the heart and mind…poignant and often funny…involving and emotionally charged.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Moving, funny and intellectually compelling.”_ —Houston Press_

Description

By Frank Higgins

Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson

Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Jennifer L. Nelson returns to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of Jitney.

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